The Fulton Alliance Church invites the community to participate in their annual Packing Party to fill shoe boxes with gifts for children called Operation Christmas Child at 10 a.m. Nov. 9.
This program is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.
“Since 1993, over 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through a simple shoebox gift,” according to the organization.
By packing boxes with gifts, under-privileged children around the world will have the opportunity to receive what may be their first Christmas gift ever.
The church will have a designated area where the boxes will be assembled, filled and completed. Any person of any age is able to volunteer. Participants may bring items to add to the boxes such as school supplies, personal hygiene items, simple toys, hair accessories and non-chocolate candies.
Nothing liquid, breakable or food-related, please.
“Or just come and help with the packing,” says Cathy Rathbun, local chair of the project, “We have a goal to fill 300 boxes that day.”
She said 448 shoe boxes were filled and sent from Fulton Alliance in 2012, including what families filled and those done at the packing party. This will prove to be a rewarding Christmas event for individuals and families alike.
For more information regarding Operation Christmas Child go to samaritanspurse.org or call the church at 593-6842, ext. 103. The Fulton Alliance Church is located at 1044 State Route 48, just south of the city limits.